Meeresbrandung (Breaking of the Waves) (2017) Sop + Cl
Der Erdriese (the Earth Titan) (2018) Sop + Pno
Der Sturm (The Storm) (2021) Sop + Cl
Die Flamme (The Flamme) (2017, rev. 2021) Sop + Cl (+ Pno)
“Sarah Maria Sun’s performance of “The Flame,” a playful piece by Thierry Tidrow, made space for both the sass of Weimar cabaret and the tightly wound vocal acrobatics characteristic of late Stockhausen.”
These Lieder were written for soprano Sarah Maria Sun and are rethinkings of the quartet Elementarphantasien, in which the eccentric late nineteenth-century poet Chrisan Morgenstern depicts each of the four elements in an extremely dark humored manner. Instead of depicting their grandeur and awe, he attributes each element with very typical negative human vices, including greed, anger, vanity, and even death drive.
“[…] complex, surprising, and groomed and with all sorts of stylistic means, Thierry Tidrow’s “Earth Titan” grumbles, snorts, and in the end somehow still remains cute.”
Although the texts all possess a goofy, dandy-like quality, they also have an extremely violent undertone, as each element is described as wanting to annihilate humanity. As the singer is seen as the story teller, much freedom is given to the artist to control the narrative tension and drive. In this way, these pieces are very theatrical and could almost be thought of as a hybrid between lied, cantata, and opera.